Thai Civilization/The Strengths and Weaknesses of Thailand
The Strengths and Weaknesses of ThailandEdit
"Thailand" or the land of the Thai people, formerly known as Siam, has several strengths and weaknesses.
The Strengths of Thai Culture
Like any other nation states, Thailand has both strengths and weaknesses. There are several strengths, and some of which are:
1. Thai people are morally civilized. They have built their civilization based on the teachings of Lord Buddha. Since the influence of Buddhism, the teachings of Lord Buddha and His disciples (Buddhist monks and believers) have been implemented, it can safely be said that today Buddhism has permeated into almost all fabrics of Thai society.
Many aspects of the teachings are eco-friendly, as discussed by Rom Avudhkom. Many articles of Pra Vinai (the Disciplinary Text) states what should be done to live harmony with nature.
They are non-violent people as they prefer to live in peace.
2. Thais are people who care about their cultural identities. Another strength lies in the practice of the Thai people passed down generation after generation. Cam Troung has noted that:
" However, wet paddy cultivation has been the driving force of the long historical development of the Thai community. It must not be forgotten on the other hand, that they have continued to maintain their links with upland forest areas through hunting and gathering activities. Their settlement and migration patterns are determined by this factor".
"One of the interesting features of their (The Thais) use of land resources is the division of the territory controlled by each village into reserved sections, reflecting a strong sense of ecological management, something that has been an intergral part of community traditions for a long time" (p. 2).
"The ancient laws of the Thai establish a classification of special areas which include sacred forests (where the Deities of Land and Water are warshipped); rivers and streams which are essential for community life and agriculture areas..."
3. Thailand has several c****** geographical advantages. In the past, the land was called "Suwanna Bhumi" or "The Land of Gold", reflecting the richness and fertility of the land.
Evidence of the land of plenty can ne found inscribed on the stone discovered by King Monkut, which says that Siam is a land of plenty and bountiful. "In the water there are fish' There is rice in the paddy."
Positive 'Good' Findings on ThailandEdit
A recent report released by the OECD finds that Thai people are satisfied with their lives. With a score of 7.2 on a scale of 1 to 10 (low to high satisfaction), "Thai people (citizens) rank the country among the top four countries in terms of quality of life, just behind high-income countries such as Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. The average life satisfaction score for 30 OECD countries is 6.7".